Monday, August 9, 2021

"All The Time In The World" by Caroline Angell

In All the Time in the World by Caroline Angell, Charlotte takes a nanny job to get her head back on straight.  She is actually good at it and really takes to the two small boys she is looking after.  When the mother dies in a tragic accident, Charlotte knows that she is needed now more than ever, but can she give up her musical dreams to look after the two boys and their dad?  

This book goes back and forth in time at an alarming rate!  I liked Charlotte and the two boys very much which kept me reading even though it went on a bit too long.  The ending was good though so worth reading.  (Gerard's review, 4 stars) 

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Sunday, August 1, 2021

"Mountain Made" by Max Brand


In Mountain Made by Max Brand, Winsor Glanvil has a plan to marry Louise Carney.  When Jack Rutledge finds out, he makes sure that is not going to happen.  He also plans to make sure Winsor never marries anyone!  What does Jack do and can Winsor ever find love again?

This book started out really good and the last part was pretty good, but the middle part fell flat to me.  Winsor was a good character and I enjoyed King Silver, the wolf, very much!  You will have to read the book to find out about King Silver!  (Gerard's review, 4 stars)

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Sunday, July 25, 2021

"The Push" by Ashley Audrain

The Push
by Ashley Audrain is a psychological drama about motherhood.  Blythe will never win a mother of the year award, but it runs in the family.  She becomes convinced that her daughter is not like other children, but her husband disagrees.  Blythe is already on the edge.  When an incident happens to her son, will it push her over the edge for good?  

This was a wild read to say the least!  I was a fan of Blythe, good stuff.  (Gerard's review, 4 stars)  

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Saturday, July 17, 2021

We Both Liked "This Tender Land" by William Kent Krueger

This Tender Land
by William Kent Krueger takes place in 1932.  Four young children, brothers Albert and Odie, their Indian friend Mose and Emmy, escape from Lincoln Indian Training School in Montana where they were treated badly.  There has to be a better life for them!

I thought this book was really good.  I loved all four kids!  This book kept my attention throughout.  I never knew what was coming next and it has a great ending!  (Gerard's review, 5++ stars)

Karen's review:
This Tender Land by William Kent Krueger is historical fiction during the depression.  Four orphans escape from the Lincoln Indian Training School in Montana and head down the river in a canoe to get to the two brothers' aunt who lives in St. Louis.  Odie is Albert's younger brother, almost 13, who narrates the story.  In the book, Odie is a storyteller who plays a harmonica--his most prize possession that his dad gave him.  Albert's purpose in life is to keep Odie safe, but also is a skillful mechanic.  Their best friend is Mose, a Soux Indian who is very big, strong and easy going.  Emmy, the daughter of one of the teachers at the school who loved Odie's stories and whose mother died in a tornado goes with them because the head of the school who took her in is mean.  

This was a great adventure story.  It reminded me sort of Huckleberry Finn since much of it involved traveling in a canoe down a river.  Along the way they encountered many different people and each grew in their own way.  I liked all the kids.  The author did a good job keeping me guessing how this would end.  (5 stars)

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Friday, July 16, 2021

"Hostage" by Clare Mackintosh

In Hostage by Clare Mackintosh, Mina is an airline stewardess going on a non-stop flight, the first between London and Sydney.  It comes at a good time as she needs time away.  Her life is in a tailspin.  She is trained to handle a lot of things that could go wrong, but now she has to decide between the safety of her 5-yr.-old daughter or the people on the plane.  This book is told by many people which helps build the suspense.  In enjoyed it throughout!  (Gerard's review, 5+ stars)

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